Thursday, May 17, 2018
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 93-year-old Ohio man who made his first hole-in-one in nearly seven decades of golf decided to quit the game for good a few holes later.
Ben Bender told The Zanesville Times Recorder “the Lord knew this was my last round” and gave him a hole-in-one.
Bender aced the 152-yard third hole last month at Green Valley Golf Course in Zanesville with a 5-wood.
He says his hip was bothering him that day, forcing him to stop after a few more holes and head to the clubhouse, bringing his golfing career to a memorable end.
Bender says he began playing when he was 28, whittling his handicap down to a 3 at one point.
He says he hates giving up the game, but knows he can’t play forever.